Country of the Week: South Sudan

Venture to South Sudan and you will find a young, hopeful country facing a difficult path to peace, security, and stability for its people. South Sudanese greatly value heritage and tradition. As one of Africa’s most linguistically diverse countries, inhabitants speak over 60 indigenous languages. In addition, approximately 83 percent...

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“‘Because you are a girl’ is never a reason for anything. Ever.”

When Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from one of her friends asking how she could raise a daughter to be a feminist, she responded with a long Facebook post that is now the basis of her book “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.” As...

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YALI Network Members Support #Africa4Her. Join Them!

Thousands of YALI Network members are standing up for the rights of women and girls by pledging with #Africa4Her to be bold for change — supporting girls’ education, encouraging more women entrepreneurs, and speaking out against gender-based violence. Eric Agyemang of Ghana is an #Africa4Her advocate who supports women’s and...

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She wanted more accountability on child marriage. So she made a film.

Zimbabwe’s Beatrice Savadye grew up in a province where child marriages were more frequent than in other areas of her country. She witnessed several of her female high school classmates forced to drop out and marry before the age of 18. Many had been pressured to engage in sexual activity...

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Uganda YALI Network members urged to fight gender inequality and violence in special online chat

Several YALI Network members from Uganda participated in an online chat with Jimmie Briggs, co-founder and executive director emeritus of the Man Up Campaign, as part of their efforts around the #16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Briggs, who is also an instructor for the YALI Network Online...

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Women’s rights are human rights

The Beijing Platform for Action, developed at a 1995 United Nations conference, set an agenda for women’s empowerment and identified 12 critical areas of concern. Twenty years after Beijing, ShareAmerica assesses global progress in each critical area. This article focuses on women’s human rights. The movement for women’s human rights has expanded beyond the 19th...

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Straight talk with Jimmie Briggs about violence against women

If you’ve completed the YALI Network Online Course “Understanding the Rights of Women and Girls,” you’ve learned about the importance of stopping violence against women and girls and you already know Jimmie Briggs, the instructor of the lesson on “Ending Violence Against Women and Girls.” Briggs is an award-winning journalist...

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